Consultation on Pharmaceutical Needs

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Hounslow Council is inviting residents to give their views on the new Hounslow Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment.

The needs assessment will be used to decide where and what type and standard of pharmacy services will be provided in the borough in the future. 

Pharmaceutical services include services provided from local pharmacies, dispensaries at doctors' surgeries, or specialist appliance contractors. Local pharmacies also provide healthcare help and advice, and are often the first point of contact when people are concerned about their health.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a report of the present needs for pharmaceutical services. It is used to identify any gaps in current services or improvements that could be made in future pharmaceutical service provision.

The consultation runs from 12 December 2014 until 10 February 2015 and details are available on the council’s website.

Isleworth and Brentford locality is made up of four wards with a population of 56,487 making it the third most populated locality.

There are 12 community pharmacies in this locality and the estimated average number of community pharmacies per 100,000 population is 21.2, slightly greater than the Hounslow HWB average (20.4) and slightly less than England average of 21.6 .

11 pharmacies hold a standard 40 core hour contract whilst one holds a 100 core hour contract.

Based upon the 12 pharmacies:
- six pharmacies (50%) are open after 6pm weekdays
- ten pharmacies (83 %) are open on Saturdays
- four pharmacies (33%) are open on Sunday
- nine pharmacies (75%) provide MURs
- nine pharmacies (75%) provide NMS

Regarding access to enhanced services within the 12 pharmacies:
- seven (58%) provide immunisation services
These seven pharmacies are geographically spread across the locality and have varying opening times.

Regarding access to locally commissioned services within the 12 pharmacies:
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- seven pharmacies (58%) provide minor ailments service
- five pharmacies (42%) provide in hours palliative care medicines service
- nine pharmacies (75%) provide EHC
- nine pharmacies (75%) provide chlamydia screening
- one pharmacy (8%) provide supervised consumption
- one pharmacy (8%) provides needle exchange
- four pharmacies (33%) provide the MAR service
- four pharmacies (33%) provide the TCES service
- three pharmacies (25%) provide the support to stop smoking service
The pharmacies providing these locally commissioned services are geographically spread across the locality and have varying opening times. Substance misuse services are provided from two different pharmacies

Some interesting facts

Hounslow has areas of deprivation contrasting with more well off areas. Based on the Index of Multiple Deprivation, Hounslow was the 118th most deprived borough nationally (out of 326 boroughs).

The mortality rate for Hounslow is 348 deaths per 100,000 population for the period 2010-2012, which is very close to the equivalent figure for England of 350 per 100,000. The rates of mortality are higher in the west of the borough (Feltham North, Hanworth and Bedfont), in Isleworth and Brentford locality (Syon) and in Heston and Cranford locality.

The population of Isleworth and Brentford as of 2014 is 56,487.

Wards in Central Hounslow and Brentford localities have the highest rates of Polish speakers.

In total, children and young people under the age of 20 make up over a quarter of Hounslow’s population.

Hounslow West, Cranford and Brentford Wards have the highest rates of older people who are living in areas of deprivation.

The prevalence of depression is significantly higher in Isleworth and Brentford than in any other area. The highest rates of serious mental illness are recorded in Chiswick and Isleworth and Brentford; and the lowest in Central Hounslow.

Dementia prevalence is highest in Isleworth and Brentford and lowest in Central Hounslow. It is estimated that 50% of dementia cases in Hounslow are still not diagnosed.

Children and young people’s injury rates are higher in West Area and Isleworth and Brentford localities than in the rest of the borough.

December 17, 2014

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